The national cabinet is urged to make vaccinations mandatory for all hospital staff and create a deployment plan to ensure that each worker has a date in their agenda to receive a vaccine.
The call came as NSW reported 105 more cases on Sunday, as well as the death of a woman in her 90s, the fourth death in the current outbreak.
Victoria also reported 17 more cases.
Catholic Health Australia, which represents Catholic nonprofit hospitals, said that every year healthcare workers are required to get a flu shot, yet there is no such guideline for COVID.
“The high transmissibility of the Delta variant of COVID puts workers and the people they care for at greater risk and puts additional strain on staff,” said James Kemp, CHA director of health policy. .
“We need a single, consistent rule across Australia for everyone working in a hospital environment.”
He said CHA members are already redeploying unvaccinated staff to clinical areas where the risk of contact with COVID patients and vaccination staff is lower as Commonwealth supplies become available.
Meanwhile, businesses and unions have warned of the hard blow to the economy from the NSW State Government’s decision to shut down the construction industry in the Greater Sydney area as part of stricter restrictions.
“Big projects are not a faucet that can just be turned on or off, so we need to start planning now for reopening,” said Jennifer Westacott, Managing Director of the Business Council of Australia.
“We have to find ways to live with this virus while we wait for the vaccine to launch, which we know will happen quickly when new supplies arrive. “
Economists already estimated the cost of the twin closures in Australia’s two major cities at some $ 10 billion even before the NSW government further tightened restrictions on Saturday.
The lockdown of Greater Sydney at this point is due to end on July 30, while Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews told reporters it was too early to say whether his state’s lockdown would end as planned this week.